If you’re a fan of television shows of the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, you really should acquaint yourself with the Archive of American Television, a truly remarkable collection of more than 700 video interviews with actors, directors, writers and others who were active in the medium throughout its history.
In these excerpts, various people recall their experiences on “Ironside.” Oddly, none of the series regulars are included among the archived interviews, which began in 1997; Raymond Burr died in 1993, and (Commissioner Randall) died in 1974. But everyone else could have been interviewed for the archive, including Don Galloway (Ed Brown), who died in 2009.
The pioneering African-American composer Quincy Jones discusses his work on the show’s theme song:
Director Jeffrey Hayden explains that Burr had two stipulations in his contract that made things difficult: He would not work on location, and he insisted on the use of teleprompters.
On the other hand, Ralph Senensky doesn’t remember the teleprompters being a problem at all. He does recall a situation that Burr protested, involving Universal’s production methods.
Director Robert Butler says he may have inadvertently created a bad situation for producer Collier Young, who was fired shortly thereafter.
Finally, a still-charming Nancy Malone thinks back on her “Ironside” experience.
– David B. Wilkerson